[Numpy-discussion] Re: [SciPy-user] Current thoughts on future directions

Michiel Jan Laurens de Hoon mdehoon at ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Sun Mar 13 18:07:03 CST 2005


Pearu Peterson wrote:
>> If I understand Travis correctly, the idea is to use Numeric as the 
>> basis for scipy_core, allowing current Numerical Python users to 
>> switch to scipy_core with a minimum of trouble. So why not use 
>> Numeric's lite lapack library directly? What is the advantage of 
>> repeating the c code wrapping (by f2py or by hand)?
> 
> 
> First, I wouldn't repeat wrapping c codes by hand.
> But using f2py wrappers has the following advantages:

OK I'm convinced.
 From a user perspective, it's important that the scipy_core linear 
algebra looks and feels as the Numerical Python linear algebra package. 
So if a user does
 >>> from LinearAlgebra import myfavoritefunction
s/he should not note any difference other than "hey, my favorite 
function seems to be running faster now!"

--Michiel.




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